firefox is different, ok, openoffice.org will also be different
By Weijun on Oct 27, 2005
first i'd like to pick out firefox that really shouldn't be mentioned here. firefox is the browser itself, surely not a browser based application. it's already a very basic platform which carries a huge amount of other applications i need to run. i think jonathan also know this very well when he says "[I] ask the audience which they'd rather give up - their browser, or all the rest of their desktop apps. (Unanimously, they'd all give up the latter without a blink.)" in another post.
so how about the others, FlickR? i thought that is a web-based app. google earth? i hate it being a non-web app which can only be installed on windows, so i'd rather use this flash earth which also flies. itunes? well, maybe that's another platform which is the same important for music fans as firefox. now, we only have openoffice.org left, is it really a must?
it is a must if it becomes another platform. as i know, microsoft's excel is a platform for a huge amount of people, the guys working in financial or accounting fields treat it as their emacs, where they can do everything like recording, saving, scratching, drawing, computing, trading ... all in excel, sheet by sheet, and they really love it! the spreadsheet app in openoffice.org may'd like to go the same way, but quite a long way to go before many people will accept it. what else, writer, presentation? i'd like them be web-based.
in fact, say, writer, i'd rather write text/plain or text/html directly. beyond that, if a really wysiwyg editor is needed, i think the editor for gmail or blogger.com is pretty useful. it will be better to support pdf export if it want to be called as a word processing app. else? maybe multi-column, which is very useful for paper but quite senseless for a web page.
but i still have openoffice.org installed, why? this reminds me of the old ages when they call web 1.0. no google, no ajax, even no my yahoo, but i still must install netscape 2. why? because a huge volume of information come to me thru netscape which already makes it the most important app i must have. that's also the reason i must have openoofice.org installed today, because there are always documents that cannot be understood by firefox or acrobat reader that i still must access (read or write). this makes me think about more. web evolves from 1.0 to 2.0, the same as from the information age to the participation age. so, maybe, openoffice.org, or, the whole world of office suite products, also will have a chance to go into the participation age. yes, it will. but what does that mean? surely it must be some kind of services that's available somewhere (the sungrid?) or, it must be something including social editing, collaboration and p2p editing. but isn't that already what wikipedia has already done? and, yes, there must be OOo apis, that's cool, i really need some jars now to create an opendoc file easily (which means, intuitively) .......